Why can't fish live out of water?

Browse → Animals → Water Animals
The main reason why fish can’t live out of water is because they are unable to breathe! While your body needs to have air in order to breathe, a fish’s body needs to have water. The air you take in through your nose or mouth goes into your lungs, which help your body get what it needs from the air you’ve breathed in -- the part of the air called “oxygen.” Just like your body, the body of a fish also needs oxygen. The only difference is that fish get the oxygen from water because instead of having lungs as helpers fish have something called gills. The fish’s gills can only take oxygen from water and not air, just like your lungs can only take oxygen from air and not water! 
 
So, just like you open your mouth to take in air when you breathe, a fish opens its mouth to take in water! And that’s why a fish cannot live out of water: it’s no longer able to breathe because there isn’t any water for it to take in.
 
by   (whyzz writer)
  • Further information

    Remember that fish and other types of sea creatures are the only ones who have gills and can breathe underwater. All of the creatures who have lungs (like dogs, cats, birds, bears, boars, bunnies, and -- of course -- you!) cannot breathe underwater and should always be very careful in pools, baths, or other places to make sure not to stay under the surface for too long without coming up for a nice, refreshing breath of air!

  • Exploration



    Under the sea

    Have you ever noticed that some creatures who live in water rely on getting their oxygen from the air instead of from water? A good example of an animal like this would be the dolphin! The reason why dolphins need to get their oxygen from the air is that, like humans and other mammals, they have lungs for breathing instead of gills.
     
    Can you think of any other aquatic animals like the dolphin who have lungs and breathe air??
  • Sources & links

Didn't find what you were looking for? Ask the Community          Ask friends & family